Saturday, July 15, 2006

Windows VistaBootPRO 2.0 Beta

PROnetworks has released their second version of VistaBootPRO. Its an editor for the Boot Configuration Store (BCD) store that replaces boot.ini in Windows and it works with Beta 2 and Build 5456 (Corrected build # - Reminds me not to blog while my wife is shouting "Dinner is ready" ;-) .

Designed for both beginners and advanced users, VistaBootPRO can be used to make "cosmetic" changes to the Windows Vista boot Menu such as changing the name of the Operating Systems shown in the boot menu and make advanced "functional" changes like adding an Operating System to the boot menu and repairing the Windows Vista boot configuration data. Advanced settings include backing up and exporting your boot loader configuration and modifying various details for the entries. Included in this latest release are additional features, including a built-in help file and more advanced boot configuration options. VistaBootPRO 2.0 has been completely rewritten using Microsoft C# for improved stability and performance.

In my multiboot environment I have three partitions, one for Windows XP, one for Vista builds and one for my Data (Documents, redirected shell folders, my source code, drivers/applications etc.) and at one time I had to recover my system entirely from ground up after a failed install of an older build of Vista. The Vista version of the editor called Bcdedit is a pain in the .. to work with - at least when you need to have a working machine by the next day and don't have the time to research how its working (So VistaBootPRO comes to the rescue as a real life saver ;-)

Information on the new version found at


Henry Stanton said...

VistaBootPRO is an exact point-for-point rip off of NeoSmart Technologies' EasyBCD 1.1, released a month before PROnetworks' VistaBootPRO with more features, fewer bugs, better support, and by 'coincidence' (as PRO would have you believe) the exact same layout and settings.

You should try it. It's much better. And it's not a rip.

Dennis Lundtoft Thomsen said...

Thanks for the tip - I will certainly give it a try ;-)

Anonymous said...

Just another shout for EasyBCD.. NeoSmrt Technologies writes great programs!